::inspiring Mondays::

Oxford autumn morning
It's cold in Oxford. That cold that makes you want to have several hot showers a day, especially when you come home and you can put your PJs on afterwards and feel all snuggly for the rest of the evening.  What a feeling! And I'm feeling it right now because I'm lucky!
The week after I come back from Portugal is the hardest. I can still feel the warmth of the sunshine… but I can't!, I can still taste the food… but I can't!, I can still smell all those familiar smells that are home… but I can't!, I can still cuddle the cats… but I can't! Chasing after the memory of it all, the taste and life of the memory, is the hardest, and something the Portuguese people do oh so well. We're a nostalgic people, home to saudade and fado! When I realised I was happier and more cheerful than my  natural nostalgia would like me to, I told it to shut it and go sit quietly in the corner; but occasionally I miss it and let it out to keep me company for a little while… like when I come back from home and want to make the sweetness linger.
I woke up at 4am for no good reason and could not go back to sleep, but that meant I could wish LMrJ a good trip to Cuba as he boarded the plane. He'll be there for two weeks, with limited wifi access (if any!). So I guess waking up at 4am was a good thing. It's all about perspective, really!
:: the memory of home 
:: Little Brother phone calls. the phone rings in happiness, as do I.
:: LMrJ laughing when I'm trying to be annoyed. it's so sweet. and annoying. and sweet!
:: getting back into a running routine with Nicky. I'm lovin' it!
:: Oxford chilly autumnal clear mornings. gorgeous!
:: morning walk with porridge and my favourite podcast. bliss!
:: my hot water bottle. the snuggly feeling lasts and lasts!
:: post. what a great invention!
:: James Bond awesomeness! been there done that!
:: looking up. and smiling. it works every time.
:: central heating. what a fabulous thing!
:: wifi… we only notice it when it's gone.
:: chamomile tea. always!
In spite of the cold, this was a beautiful and dry start to the week. Isn't that amazing? Yep, it is! How was your Monday? Inspiring? Happy? I hope so 🙂


  1. ei! kumpel
    5 November 2012 / 20:43

    Está frio… está muito frio!Tanto que ontem nevou aqui… foi só 1h, mas era o meu aniversário e eu fiquei que nem uma menina feliz de ter neve no meu dia de anos… mágico!beijinhos,margarida

  2. MissLilly
    5 November 2012 / 20:45

    inspiring really. and yes its getting so cold!!! so easy to feel nostalgic about our fado, our people, our sun!my monday was a flight delayed (same as every monday), but this time a flight back home. working from PJ and wearing warm clothing, drinking tea and editing my photos from the weekend. Not a bad monday if I dare to say.enjoy your week :)Youre brother is very lucky to have such a sister

  3. Maï Tomasena
    6 November 2012 / 08:22

    My Monday was very happy too, I am starting a new job on Wednesday :-))))) Me encanta leerte Little Miss Joey así practico el inglés estoy enganchadísima a una serie que me parece muy fácil de entender en versión original “Once upon a time” ¿La conoces? La foto con la que nos deleitas, es preciosa!!!!

  4. Vicki Dvorak
    12 November 2012 / 17:28

    Hi sweet Joey, I loved reading this. Your blog is looking beautiful! Miss you in Raining Umbrellas. xoxo

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